Forget going to any annual parties with just a plain old ugly Christmas sweater this Holiday season! Outdo everyone with added ugly accessories- an ornament headband, earrings, and necklace!
That's right, I just one-upped the ugly tradition. Booya.
I think there is a part in everyone that really enjoys the tradition of ugly sweater contests- it's a chance to be ridiculous and silly and know that everyone else is going to do the same. Instead of going out and purchasing an ugly sweater (even for a low price at the thrift store), I decided to save my money and make my own using an old sweater that doesn't fit quite right (and I knew I wouldn't be heartbroken to uglify it a bit).
Enter dollar store decorations and wrapping accoutrements! For my ugly sweater, since it was already green, I decided to make a Christmas tree. I outlined it with green ribbon, and added ornaments, curled ribbon, and a few bows made out of string. I used a large gold ornament and gold ribbon as a my tree topper. Oh, and I also added one crystal ornament on a ribbon to each shoulder (because bling).
As I mentioned before, I couldn't just make an ugly sweater- I had to take this to the next level. I purchased a headband from the dollar store (something I don't actually own, and therefore, could not use from my own closet) and hot glued ornaments and ribbons to it.
I'm actually very proud of how it turned out. I went into this idea thinking it was going to look amazingly ridiculous, but it doesn't look half bad. I may wear this to my work party (don't quote me on that)! For some bonus shine, I strung extra ornaments I had leftover onto a necklace chain, and through some hoop earrings. Even just wearing those accessories is a fun way to liven up any outfit for a Holiday themed party (or just for giggles).
I even added some bling to my makeup (which I don't usually do). I found some false eyelashes with glitter on them and decided to give them a try for this sparkly look. It turned out really nicely. I cut them in half because they were so big, and I just wanted to emphasize the corners of my eyes. Seeing as I'm not usually one for glitter or sparkly makeup in general, I was pleasantly surprised by how these pulled the makeup together with the rest of the outfit. (Self-five!)
Needless to say, what started out as a goofy idea turned out to be a lot of fun, and I'm going to try to wear this ensemble to one of the get togethers I attend this month (or at least the awesome accessories).
Have you ever worn an Ugly Holiday Sweater for a party? What was your favorite idea?
Keep an eye out for Present posts this week!